So many stitch markers, so little time! Help – which stitch marker should I use? As many know, stitch markers provide visual indications throughout a crochet or knit project. These indicators help you with actions needed such as where you need to make an increase or decrease, start a row, or make a stitch change. I noticed I have collected several stitch markers over the years, and thought it would be a good idea to clean out my toolbox by eliminating multiple stitch markers. All I need is one right? Well I found out that the project I am working on, dictates which stitch marker I use so I decided not to get rid of my many markers.
Recently I have been working on crocheted stuff toy projects (Amigurumi) ). I love the appearance of the single crochet stitches as they form into a darling toy.
Lately I have fallen in love with crocheted food – yes food! It cracks me up to see a crocheted item that resembles an actual food item.
Many amigurumi patterns require crocheting in the round without joining each row, and include multiple increases and decreases to shape and form the project. This is where stitch markers come in! For instance if I am working in the round it will may be hard to distinguish the beginning of a new row. Therefore pattern designers will suggest that you place a marker (you may see the abbreviation PM for place marker or SM for slip marker). I like to use an open stitch marker so I can easily move the marker from row to row. I also tried the suggestion to use a piece of yarn, in a contrasting color; it works well and cost nothing because I simply use my yarn stash.
In my knitting projects I use closed stitch markers. As I move along the project, I don’t want my stitch marker to fall out, so I use a closed marker. I prefer the closed version because I can simply slip it on the needle when I get to the appointed place and keep knitting. When I return to that location on the next row, there is my visual marker telling me to do something. The one thing to keep in mind is that I can only remove a stitch marker by knitting to the location of said marker.
So back to my original question…. What Stitch Marker Should I Use? For me it depends on the project. Nix the idea of cleaning out my toolbox because it is still full with multiple stitch markers. Since I found out I can’t just have one, I created myself a little reminder of what’s in my toolbox:
Yes I discovered the project may dictate a stitch marker choice. However I think the key motivator of your stitch marker choice is – your preference. My preference for crochet is Clover Lock Stitch Markers.
I’d love to hear what stitch markers you use!